TANNIN AQUATICS OFFERS CREATIVE AQUATIC HOBBYISTS A THOUGHTFULLY CURATED COLLECTION OF BOTANICALS, NATURAL AQUASCAPING MATERIALS, AND OTHER UNIQUE AND USEFUL GOODS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

"Tannin Aquatics is more than just a purveyor of aquascaping materials. We’re a mood, an atmosphere, a space to be inspired. Our products support an earthy, organic canvas upon which you can express yourself through the art of aquascaping. We provide information, the muse, and natural materials for you to create blackwater and brackish microcosms which blur the lines between nature and aquarium." -Scott Fellman, Owner

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Guest Blog: Hydrography and the soft BWBS aquarium by Ian Davis

September 19, 2018

Editors's Note: If there is one thing that I find fascinating about the world of blackwater, botanical-style aquariums, it's that you never stop learning. You never stop questioning...and with our crowd, you never stop applying what you've learned! One of my fave "BWBS" aquarium philosophers is Ian Davis. He has a keen understanding of the challenges, practices, and joys of these unique aquariums.  We often talk about the use of "soft, acid water", or water of "little to no carbonate hardness" in the context of our work. It sounds all well and good- but what exactly do we mean? In this guest blog, Ian provides a very nice writeup on the ins-and-outs soft water, and how it applies to our work!...

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How not to kill your fishes with botanicals...

September 18, 2018

Okay, now that I have your attention... Like many of you, I've made my share of errors in this hobby. In particular, when I started playing with botanicals in my aquariums almost two decades ago, I made a fair number of mistakes. And of course, when I started Tannin, and sourced and utilized botanicals, I mades a lot of mistakes, too!  Some where caused by my lack of familiarity with using various materials. Others were caused by not understanding fully the impact of adding botanical materials to a closed aquatic ecosystem. All were mitigated by taking the time to learn from them and honestly asses the good, the bad, and the practical aspects of using them in our aquariums.  After...

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My Botanical Romance: Four Botanicals I just can't live without...

September 17, 2018

Let's face it- even after all of these years of playing with botanicals, there are some that I'm simply more in love with more than others. And of course, in the course of my hobby and my work, I see a lot of 'em. Yet, I keep migrating back to a select few favorites that find their way into my tanks again and again for some reason. And, you'll notice that they tend to end up in a lot of your "Enigma Packs" and our variety packs as well. And everyone seems to ask me what my faves are- so why not share a few, right? Now, I realize that pretty much any time I highlight a botanical in "The...

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